Preparing for the Holiday season!

It’s that time a year, where everyone is scrambling around like “Looney Tunes” trying to get everything done before the holiday starts.

And I can’t say I’m any different. Just a week ago, I thought I had all the time in the world, all I had to do was clean the house, wrap some presents, buy some food and a Christmas tree, and decorate a little and I would be done. But somehow, somewhere along the way, I’ve ended up with, not enough time, before Christmas.

It might have something to do with doing errands for everyone else BUT me! Let me explain;

It’s coming down to the wire at my step-mums new place, the people that are doing the renovation should be more or less done. So much so, that we have had to go down several times this last week, just to keep an eye out and point out the things that are missing or that we are not happy with. For some reason, ever time we are there, 2-3 hours goes real quickly.

While hanging around the new place, I was told that I had promised that I would fix up the new front door with some teak oil! I can’t quite remember that, but I’m sure it must be right, guess it slipped my mind 🙂 Giving a couple of things that the workers have not done up to specifications,  I can see a few other tasks that will be coming my way also, right after the holidays… among them, putting the kitchen fronts (we picked them up this week) back on the cabinets.

Yesterday, the family all had lunch together, and somewhere during the conversations it seems like I got another handyman job or two for my step-sister as well…. there was some lamps that needs to be hung, some TV cables that needs to be extended and hidden?

Even a bed frame I needed to pick up at a store because her car is not big enough!!! And for your information, I drive a convertible, a huge car, not… and hers is bigger than mine… I think they found out that if I took the top of it would work out perfectly  for the transportation. I’m telling you, there is nothing that will be transported in my car as long as it’s raining outside 😉

So you can see how I went from thinking I had all the time in the world, to suddenly not… I did however find the time to get a Christmas tree, one for me, and one for my step-mum 🙂

Today though, I’m putting my foot down!

I need a day to sort out a few things, to; clean my house, change my bed, wash some clothing, iron, in general tidy, wrap some Christmas gifts and maybe even consider starting to put out some of my few Christmas decorations.

So that’s what I’m doing today! And now my washing machine is yelling at me that it’s done, so I gotta run…

See ya!!


An utter mess…

With all these small projects I have going, you know… the photo collection, my dads boxes, DVD project and collection all sorts of stuff in boxes for my neighbour to have a look, before I get rid of them, my house is in shambles. Serious shambles! And I just can’t procrastinate any more (which I have done a serious job at the last couple of days), and today I just need to get it done.

Do you ever find that you have so many things you are working on at one time, that you are suddenly overwhelmed with stuff?

Well that’s been me (and my living room) the last week or so. Right now I have so much photo stuff stacked around my living room table that I can hardly get to my sofa any more, without stepping over piles. Or for that sake put down my morning tea, without having to move several stacks away..  even just writing this post I have to dig out some space on my table for my pc…

Well enough of that, I’m going to put everything back where it came from, clean up the place and start over, one item at the time, one box, one album!

I might not have the same progress on the projects (you know – out of sight, out of mind) but at least I’ll have some piece of mind when I’m sitting in my living room.

Oh yeah, I should probably let you in on one more incentive! My neighbours mum is coming over on Friday for a cup of coffee… another good reason to get my house in order, wouldn’t you say? 😉

A shiny sink…

Walking downstairs this morning, I realised what a state my place is in. Since I got home from London almost a week ago, all I’ve done is work, sleep, eat and work in my yard.

I realised looking at the mess in my house, that what I’ve been doing the whole week is drop thing all over, in my “haste” of getting to other things. Rather than putting things away where it belong, right away (like a good girl should). And boy, in a small place it looks messy real quick!

Somehow, somewhere along the way, I’ve gotten out of my habit of doing a 5-10 minute room “rescue” every night, before I go to bed. So that I can wake up to a nice place the next morning.

Years, and I mean years ago (2003?), I came across Marla Cilley’s Flylady webpage. At that time it was a small webpage, helping people get their house and “life” in order, with tools such as BabySteps of shining your sink, 27 fling boogies, 15 minute declutter, 5 minute room rescues, cleaning your house in zones (one zone a week), with daily focus areas. Today the webpage have expanded to include all sorts of resources, tips, hints, Flylady TV/radio and even a shop!

With the help of this webpage I got into pretty good habits of:

  • Shining my sink (short version; the concept is to wipe down the sink, every time its used. It stays cleaner, and it discourage you filling up the sink with “junk” + a shiny sink is a good start for a clean uncluttered space)
  • 5 minute room rescues – daily
  • Cleaning – using a 10 minute interval “rule” (using a timer)

Through the years, I’ve been on again, off again, this habit. And now it seems like I’ve fallen off the wagon one more time 😦 (with the exception of a a shiny bathroom sink).

So today, I’ll be putting my timer to work, 10 minute intervals, in every room 🙂 I bet you when it comes down to it, it will only take me an hour (or two), and then my house is back up to snuff 😉


NB. If you decide to sign up on Flylady, be selective of what you sign up for. It’s easy to get email overload! When I signed up in 2003 the choices was one mail a day or one a week! Somewhere along the way, they changed their system, and I got overwhelmed with several emails daily. After changing to the “Flylady Lite” list, I still got +/- 50 emails a month! So now I’m sadly unsubscribed.


PS. This was not really what I was planing to write about today (until that walk down the stairs), funny how that works! I was going to tell you about an outing in London! Oh, well, guess that will just have to wait… right now I’ve gotta find my timer 😉